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Biographical / Historical

Biographical / Historical

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Description of Series

Series I: Papers of Diana P. Hobby and William P. Hobby, Jr.

Series II: Photographs of family at Forest Home, Caswell County, NC

Series III: Photographs: oversize

Series IV: Photographs: family, friends, vacations

Series V: Slides

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William P. Hobby, Jr. and Diana Poteat Hobby Family Collection, ca. 1950s-2000s MS 628



Title: William P. Hobby Jr. & Diana Poteat Hobby Family Collection
Dates: ca. 1950s-2000s
Identification: MS 628
Quantity: 2.75 Linear Feet
Language: English
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Diana Poteat Stallings Hobby (1931-2014), the daughter of writer Laurence T. Stallings and his wife, Helen Poteat, was born in New York City. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1952 and received her Ph.D. at Rice University in 1981. She was book editor of the Houston Post, a longtime editor of Studies in English Literature at Rice, and a lifelong champion of the humanities, libraries, and nature conservancy.

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Biographical / Historical

William Pettus Hobby, Jr. (1931- ), born in Houston and a 1953 Rice University graduate, was lieutenant governor of Texas, 1973-1991. He is the namesake son of a former Texas governor and of Oveta Culp Hobby, director of the Women's Army Corps and first secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. William P. Hobby, Sr., and his wife were publishers of the Houston Post, of which their son was president, 1963-1983. He was chancellor of the University of Houston system, 1995-1997, and taught at the University of Texas at at Rice. Married in 1954, the Hobbys had four children: Laura Hobby Beckworth, Paul W. Hobby, Andrew P. Hobby, and Katherine Hobby Gibson.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes Diana P. Hobby's writing and research notes, from the early 1950s to 2014, focused on her study of William Butler Yeats. The bulk of the collection consists of family photographs and slides from the Hobby family's worldwide travels and their frequent visits to Ireland, and to Diana Hobby's family farm in North Carolina, Forest Home, along with their equestiran endeavors and competitions, and their lives and friends in Houston, TX.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in five series: Papers of Diana P. Hobby and William P. Hobby, Jr.; Photographs of family at Forest Home, Caswell County, NC; Photographs, oversize; Photographs, family, friends and vacations; Slides.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from the William P. Hobby, Jr. and Diana Poteat Hobby Family Collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Papers of Diana P. Hobby and William P. Hobby, Jr.

Box Folder
1 1 Typescript, senior thesis of D.P. Hobby, Radcliffe College, "The Praise of Life: A Study of the Dramatic Work of William Butler Yeats as it is Represented by Four Plays" 1952
2 Class papers, Radcliffe College undated
3 James P. O'Reilly to Brinsley Macnamara [John Weldon] letters, transcriptions, including transcriptions of Yeats materials, 1919-1922 1953
4 Yates 1921 correspondence, transcriptions
5 Hobby's precis of 1921 Yeats letters 1988
6 Yeats 1922 correspondence, transcriptions, with notes by Hobby
7 Hobby correspondence about Yeats and Edmund Dulac letters 1979-1989
8 Typescript of Hobby dissertation on Yeats and Dulac
9 Hobby citations about Lady Augusta Gregory
10 Hobby notes on Yeats papers at Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas
11 Hobby draft on Yeats in 1887-1888
12-13 Hobby notes on Yeats from vaious published sources
14 Undated notes on Yeats
Box Folder
2 1 D.P. Hobby, "William Butler Yeats and Edmund Dulac: A Correspondence, 1916-1938, " Ph.D. dissertation (bound), Rice University 1981
2 Publicity about various publications on Yeats
3 Harry Ransom Center Advisory Council minutes and correspondence, including Henri Pierre Roche exhibition proposal 1990-1991
4 Hobby correspondence 1995-2014
5 Unattributed lecture on Yeats undated
6 William W. Lowe to William P. Hobby, with vacation photos 1980-04-09
7 Inauguration program, State of Texas 1983

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Series II: Photographs of family at Forest Home, Caswell County, NC

Box envelope
3 1 1950s
2 1962-1968 undated
3 1970-1977 undated
4 1980s
5-6 1990s
7 1992
8 1995
9 1996
10 Poteat Scholars' visit 1998
11-12 2000s
13 William Louis Poteat historical marker

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Series III: Photographs: oversize

Box Folder
4 1 Portraits of African-Americans, most from NC
2 W.P. Hobby in India with Prime Minister Nehru and US Pres. Eisenhower 1959
3 Andrew F. Muir (1959), Hobby children (1970), Ann & Charles Duncah, Nancy & George Rupp, Peggy Barnett, D.P. & W. P. Hobby in NM (Sept.1992)
4 D.P. & W.P. Hobby, Jessica Catto, Hobby children 1970s
5 D.P. & W.P. Hobby, fox hunt, Ireland 1980s

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Series IV: Photographs: family, friends, vacations

Box envelope
4 6 1950s and earlier
7-10 1960s
11 1960s; includes Lady Bird Johnson
12 1970s
13 1960s-1980s
14 1990s; includes Robert F. Patten
15 1990s; includes Marguerite Johnston Barnes
16 2000s
17 1960s-1973
18 Hobby's North Blvd. house with horses and carriages 1993
19 D.P. & W.P. Hobby
20 Friends, including Caitlin Finn, Duncan Shumate, Glenn Burt, Gertrude Barnstone, Marguerite Johnston Barnes 1950s-2000
Vacations
Box envelope
5 1 Skiing: Colorado, Montana 1974-1989
2 Scotland, including Paul Hobby, Louie Welch, Bob Eckels 1977
3 Ireland 1970s
4 August 1974
5 Big Bend, TX 1977
6 Ireland; includes Renee & Frank E. Vandiver 1978-1992
7 Colorado, Montana, Syria, Spain, including Kay Bailey & Ray Hutchison 1991-1994
8 Alaska, Colorado, Canada 1985-1988
9 New Mexico, including Anne & Charles Duncan, Nancy & George Rupp, Peggy & Bill Barnett 1992
10 China 1994
11 Cuernavaca, Mexico & Spain 1997
12 Estonia, Mexico, Montana 1997-1998
13 Montana, [Corpus Christi, TX?] 1999
14 U.K., Friends of Fondren [Rice Univ.] library tour 2000
15 Quebec, various locations, [Colorado/Montana?] 2000-2007
16 Mexico undated
17 Africa, Egypt, Israel, Turkey undated
18 Ireland, Scotland undated
19 various locations undated
20 various locations; including Mark White undated

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Series V: Slides

Box Folder
6 1 Hobby family; including LBJ 1954-1982, undated
2 Family 1960s
3 Family, West Texas & Ireland 1968
4 W.P. & D.P. Hobby campaigning; Hobby family 1970s-1980
5 Family vacation 1976
6 China [see box 5, folder 8] 1994
7 Hobby family at Forest Home; including LBJ undated
8 D.P. & W.P. Hobby, Rice campus, Studies in English Literature office in Fondren Library undated
9 Foreign travel undated

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